Human-Grade Treat Recipes Your Dog Will Love

Not all human “treats” make good dog treats, but tons of tummy-safe ingredients in your local grocery store are just plain magic when baked or frozen. These nuggets of goodness are ridiculously simple to make and 100% human-grade, so even you can snack on them without any of the funny looks. (Disclaimer: If your treats are shaped like bones, you may still get a little side-eye.)

For easy cookin’, check out this awesome oven and freezer-safe silicone treat tray! Also note that not all of these recipes are grain-free, and while all ingredients listed here are dog-friendly, only YOU know your dog’s allergies or food sensitivities. All serving sizes depend on the size or mold used.

PUMPKIN TREATS WITH BACON + PB GLAZE

What You Need:

TREATS:

  • 1 cup pumpkin (plain purée, no pumpkin pie filling!)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil (canola oil or coconut oil)
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

GLAZE:

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, melted (can sub for melted coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter, melted

Pinch of Yum: Pumpkin Treats With Bacon + PB Glaze

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, baking soda, & whole wheat flour in a bowl until stiff dough forms (only until flour is incorporated)
  • Use rolling pin to roll out your dough—here’s where you can use a cookie cutter of your choice to shape treats, or just roll little balls and gently press for cookie-shaped biscuits
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Whisk bacon grease (or coconut oil) and melted peanut butter until smooth, then drizzle that delicious concoction over your treats and let cool until glaze hardens (just pop in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process; your dog is waiting impatiently)
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    Store easily in any airtight bag or container.

    DIY FROZEN APPLE DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 2 apples of your choice
    • 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
    • “Splash” of water

    These are perfect to freeze inside the silicone treat tray!

    Irresistible Pets: DIY Frozen Apple Dog Treats

    It really could not get ANY simpler than this. Here’s the deal:

  • Core your apples and chop them into rough bite-size chunks
  • Blend apples, yogurt, & water in a blender until smooth
  • Pour into ice cube or treat trays and place in the freezer until hard
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    To store, remove treats from their molds and place in freezer in a Ziploc or other airtight container.

    BANANA OATMEAL HYPOALLERGENIC DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 1 ripe (i.e., mushy) banana
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 cup oats (can use quick 1-min oats)

    DogVills: Banana Oatmeal Hypoallergenic Dog Treats

  • Mix banana, coconut oil, & oats thoroughly in a bowl, let sit for 10 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Roll into balls or flatten (not too much!) and cut with cookie cutters, place on lightly-greased cookie sheet
  • Bake about 15 minutes or until brown on the bottom, let cool completely
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    Store in any airtight bag or container.

    SPINACH, CARROT, & ZUCCHINI DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 1 cup plain pumpkin purée
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour (can use more as needed)
    • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
    • 1 zucchini, shredded
    • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped

    Damn Delicious: Spinach, Carrot, & Zucchini Dog Treats

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat, set aside
  • Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, and eggs thoroughly in electric mixer, about 1–2 minutes
  • Slowly mix in oats and 2 1/2 cups of flour on low speed, only until incorporated. Continue to add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until dough is no longer sticky
  • Add carrots, zucchini, and spinach, mix only until incorporated
  • On lightly-floured surface, knead dough 3–4 times until it comes together
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out about 1/4″ thick
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out your treats, place on the baking sheet you prepared earlier
  • Bake until edges are golden brown, about 20–25 min depending on size & thickness of treats, let cool completely
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    Store in any airtight bag or container.

    FROZEN RASPBERRY PINEAPPLE DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 1/2 cup cubed pineapple
    • 1/2 cup raspberries
    • 1 tbsp The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form supplement (optional)
    • 1 cup water or pineapple juice

    The Honest Kitchen: Frozen Raspberry Pineapple Dog Treats

    There are literally 2 steps to this recipe. Two steps.

  • Toss pineapple, raspberries, Perfect Form supplement, & water or pineapple juice into a blender until smooth, about 1 minute
  • Pour into ice cube tray or silicone treat molds and freeze overnight
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    To store, just pop the treats out of their molds and seal in a plastic Ziploc bag or airtight container in the freezer.

    GRAIN-FREE SWEET POTATO DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
    • 1/2 cup coconut flour
    • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
    • 1 cup cooked & mashed sweet potato (about 1 large sweet potato)
    • 1/4–1/2 cup water (or sodium-free chicken broth!)

    The Healthy Maven: Grain-Free Sweet Potato Dog Treats

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees
  • Grease 2 baking sheets with coconut oil or cooking spray
  • Combine almond meal, coconut flour, and poultry seasoning in large bowl
  • Mix in sweet potato and water (or chicken broth) until combined, add more liquid if mixture is too thick to roll (should be thick & dry but not crumbly)
  • Split in half and roll out with your hands until about 1/4″ thick
  • Cut with cookie cutters or press into circles and place on baking sheet
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then swap trays on racks (one on top & one on bottom) and bake another 25 minutes
  • Turn oven off and let cool in closed oven, then remove and let cool completely for 1 hour
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    Store in a pretty mason jar or other container—this works great if you’re planning to give a batch as a gift! If treats become soft, you can remove the lid.

    GRAIN-FREE BANANA BREAD SOFT CHEW DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 1/2 cup coconut flour
    • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
    • 1/2 cup plain pumpkin purée
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 mashed banana
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil

    Proud Dog Mom: Grain-Free Banana Bread Soft Chew Dog Treats

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside
  • Whisk together coconut flour and ground flaxseed in a small bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin, banana, and coconut oil
  • Mix wet & dry ingredients until thoroughly combined & consistency resembles a thick batter
  • Spoon mixture onto baking sheet in an even layer about 1/4″ thick
  • Let sit for about 5 minutes
  • Use a knife to draw horizontal and vertical lines to create little squares
  • Bake for 35 minutes
  • Cool on wire rack, and break squares apart
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    Place in an airtight plastic container and store in the fridge.

    FROZEN STRAWBERRY & BANANA SMOOTHIE DOG TREATS

    What You Need:
    • 2 cups sliced strawberries or 16oz bag of frozen strawberries
    • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek low-fat yogurt
    • 1 sliced banana
    • 1/2 cup skim milk
    • 3 tbsp honey

    You can swap out strawberries or bananas for any other dog-friendly fruit, and even add a little peanut butter if your pup loves it. NO GRAPES!

    The Cottage Market: Frozen Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Dog Treats

  • Add all ingredients to your blender, blend for about 2 minutes
  • Pour into ice cube tray or treat mold
  • Freeze for at least 4 hours
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    These are super easy to store! Just pop the treats out of the trays and seal in a Ziploc bag or other airtight container. They will keep for a couple of months, if they even last that long.

    Meet Sam and Haley

    I’m a proud dog parent to a rescue named Haley, who’s been with me through my jobs at a doggie daycare, pet specialty supply store, and now writing about dogs and dog stuff.

    I’ve raised and loved 7 pups, and have written posts on the best products for dogs of all ages and humans of all experience levels, awesome dog-friendly locales, and inspirational canine stories that make you proud to be a Crazy Dog Person.

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